Jerry Pinotti Wins 2010 Downs Syndrome Charity Tournament
8 August 2010 - Louisville, KY - The Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Louisville, Ky. hosted the Down Syndrome Classic for the fourth straight year. While it is mainly a charity event for the Louisville area, the tournament statistics counted in the Indiana Putting Tour, with 12 tour members showing up for the proceedings. The tourney was a 12-round affair spread out over two days. On Saturday night, Down Syndrome of Louisville brought more than a dozen children and young adults with Down Syndrome to play some rounds with the tour players, and everyone had a good time.
When regular tournament business finished on Sunday, it was Louisville local Jerry Pinotti claiming the $500 first prize after beating Kevin Lacey in an 18-hole playoff. The pair had ended regulation tied at 321. Brandon Davis was third at 322, one stroke back. Charlie Greenwalt was fourth at 325 and Tim Greenert fifth at 331.
Tom Russell, the lone amateur contestant, shot 338.
After the first day of play on the tougher Course 1 layout, Lacey had the lead with a 56-under par 160. Davis was second at 163 and Greenert third at 164. Pinotti was languishing in seventh place with a 170 after a disastrous 33 to start the tournament. On Sunday, however, on the lower-scoring Course 3 layout, Pinotti, the Italian half of the 2009 PPA Doubles champions, played himself back into it with an outstanding 72 in rounds 7-9. That put him in at 242, tied with Lacey and one stroke behind Davis, who took the lead with a 78 to start the day. Greenert was two back at 243 and Greenwalt was in the hunt at 246. It stayed close the last three rounds. Pinotti finished his final round with a 25 and then waited to see what Davis and Lacey would do in the final pairing. Lacey made 17 in the last round to tie Pinotti, while Davis fell one stroke short of joining the playoff.
In the ensuing playoff, Pinotti shot a 6-under 12 on the front nine and had a three-stroke lead at the turn after Lacey bogeyed the challenging and occasionally frustrating hole 9. Pinotti then aced holes 11-15 to pull away and shot 24 to win.
The Indiana Tour thanks Greenert and his staff for hosting the fine charity event, and Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. for providing food and golf shirts to the competitors.
Article provided by the Indiana Putting Tour